Then & Now: UMNO (formerly UNMO)

It is nice to look back occasionally on how our long-term residents have changed over the years. Sometimes the people involved in bringing them to Tacugama come back after many years to visit or contact us to find out how they are doing. Umno was originally named after UNMO (United Nations Military Observer) and brought to Tacugama in January 2006 by British soldier Stu McLaren, who recently emailed us a picture of him taken near Kabala. At that point he was around two and a half years old.

Stu McLaren with Umno near Kabala, shortly before bringing him to Tacugama

Stu McLaren with Umno in 2006, shortly before bringing him to Tacugama

He arrived with rope burn from being tied up up around the waist, neck and hands. As well, a gunshot pellet was found lodged under the skin of his right arm, indicating the hunters (that almost certainly killed his mother) had access to fire arms.

He recovered well, and now, eight years later is a big subadult chimp, well integrated in his group and enjoying living in the large forest enclosure.

Over time, his name has morphed into Umno, probably because it is easier to pronounce!

Umno as he is now, a subadult chimp.

Umno as he is now, a subadult chimp.

Having a bit of a scratch

Having a bit of a scratch

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